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Telecommunication in Macao

Compared to the European Union, Macao is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +853, there were a total of 2.90 million connections in 2020. Among them were 2.79 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 4.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 327 webhosts, Macao is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 158.48 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Macao ranked 7th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 147.90 Mbit/second (3rd place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Macao comes 39th with a download speed of 48.15 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 21 Mbit was enough for 7th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Macao from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Macao 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerMacao is lagging behind in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 88% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 32% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Macao
Internet users572,070.3088.10 %379.48 m84.74 %
Broadband users208,000.0032.03 %163.72 m36.56 %
Landlines110,000.0016.94 %160.15 m35.76 %
Mobile cellulars2.79 m430.13 %540.56 m120.71 %

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